Cooper Harvey will continue the legacy of his father Brent after being selected by North Melbourne with pick 56 in yesterday’s 2022 AFL Draft.
The club confirmed they would nominate Cooper as a father-son selection earlier this month, with the midfielder-forward becoming North Melbourne’s final pick of last night’s draft.
The Harvey name is no stranger at Arden Street. His father Brent set the AFL games record with the club in 2016, playing 432 matches, claiming five Syd Barker Medals and was a member of North Melbourne’s 1999 premiership side. His uncle Shane made three appearances with the Kangaroos in 2004.
The 18-year-old played his entire junior career with Yarrambat before making one senior appearance with North Heidelberg last year.
Harvey also represented the NFNL at the AFL Victoria Metro Junior Championships at both Under-14 and Under-15 levels, kicking 12 goals across seven games.
In 2022, Harvey made eight appearances with the Northern Knights, averaging 20.1 disposals and kicking five goals as he helped the Knights sneak into the NAB League finals.
He also took part in Vic Metro’s AFL Under-18 Championships title win earlier this season, taking a contested mark inside the goal square before sealing the victory with his set shot conversion.
The NFNL congratulates Cooper on his selection in the 2022 AFL Draft and wishes him every success throughout his AFL career.
We also recognise the outstanding achievement of both Yarrambat Junior Football Club and North Heidelberg Sporting Club in assisting Cooper to reach his AFL dream.